Did you know, every day, humans use more than 500 million straws. If you lined these up end-to-end, they would wrap around the planet earth four times, every single day.
One of the many positive outcomes which have emerged from Distance Learning in Term 2 has been the introduction of the “Straw No More” campaign at St Paul’s Lutheran Primary School.
Bella Wyatt, one of our Year 3 students initiated the StrawNoMore Pledge. During her distance learning from home, Bella investigated the impact of plastic straws on the ocean and the environment in general.
In Term 3, St Paul’s signed the “StrawNoMore Forever Pledge” and Bella spoke at school assembly to educate the students about what the Forever Pledge aims to achieve. The StrawNoMore Campaign aims to educate our school community about reducing the use of plastic straws both at school and within the home environment.
Our school audit showed that juice Poppers from home is the number source of plastic straw use at St Paul’s. We aren’t asking you to stop buying or supplying juice for your child at school anymore, but to look at an alternative juice storage option for your student. We will also be reminding and encouraging the student body to use paper, aluminum, glass, bamboo or silicone straws instead of plastic straws.”
St Paul’s would like to thank Bella for her forward-thinking and encourages all students to support his great environmental initiative.
For the last two weeks, Year Three has enjoyed their swimming program. They were divided up into five groups and taught a variety of valuable swimming skills, which included stroke correction, diving, kicking with kickboards and appropriate breathing techniques for the strokes learnt. The two week program has seen an improvement in their overall abilities and stamina.
The Year 3 students had an amazing first camp experience at YMCA Petrie in Week 5. We all participated in pottery, low ropes, an environmental walk, catapult building, and Indigenous art and boomerang throwing. There were smiles all round at mealtimes with everyone enjoying the great food. We arrived home exhausted but happy with wonderful memories and experiences we will remember for a long time.
On Thursday 13th June, as a part of our inquiry unit “Feathers, Fur and Leaves”, Year 3 biologists loaded on to the bus to travel to the Butterfly House on Bribie Island to experience personally the world of living things. The butterflies loved our yellow shirts!
2019 has seen a busy start for our RISE groups. Years 1 and 2 are honing their independent study skills while learning about islands and becoming citizens of the world. Years 3 and 4 are becoming investigative superstars by immersing themselves in studies of Ancient Greece. Our Year 5 and 6 groups are building their arsenal of design thinking skills in preparation for high school. This term they are experiencing the “Ideation” stage while they prepare a prototype app or game to raise awareness of childhood obesity.
They were actively involved in learning about the planets we know about in our solar system. They discussed what astronauts would need to survive as they travelled in Space. A space suit was worn by an excited “would be” astronaut!
The Year 3s were engaged in their “hands-on” experiences as they developed and explored their knowledge about the sun, the seasons, day and night and gravity.